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Famous Quotes on Cooking

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By Chef Elly Pendekar, Spicy Cilantro
Published on LatinoLA: August 28, 2012

Famous Quotes on Cooking

Originally published at Spicy Cilantro

Because I love authentic Mexican cuisine so much, here are some of my favorite quotes and what they had to say about the artistry of Mexico's best cuisine .

"I think the great Mexican cuisine is dying because there are fast foods now competing, because there are supermarkets, and supermarkets can't afford to keep in stock a lot of these very perishable products that are used for fine Mexican cooking. Women are working and real Mexican cooking requires enormous amounts of time."

ÔÇô Alma Guillermoprieto (Author and Journalist)

I agree Mexican cooking has come a long way from traditional preparation which does require a lot of time, to using more convenient products offered today. I have found some of these products are not as bad as some might think. Of course traditional is always the best. But in a pinch for me I will use them.

"La mejor salsa del mundo es el hambre." [Hunger is the best sauce in the world].

ÔÇôMiguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote," pt.2, ch.5.

This quote to me can be viewed in various ways. For me it means that without hunger sometimes we don't appreciate the simple foods that we eat. I tend to savor it more when my taste buds are clear to taste each and every bite with appreciation.

"But, lady, as women, what wisdom may be ours if not the philosophies of the kitchen? Lupercio Leonardo spoke well when he said: 'how well one may philosophize when preparing dinner.' And I often say, when observing these trivial details: had Aristotle prepared vituals [sic], he would have written more."

ÔÇôSor Juana In?®s de la Cruz, a Mexican nun, 300 years ago

When I get ready to cook it's like a ritual for me in my mind I have prepared this dish running it through my head seeing it tasting it even before I have put on my apron and gathered my knives . So yes even to the simplest trivial task of chopping and cleaning the food gives meaning to all that I am doing. The final product brings joy to me to see the faces of contentment that I have created with my hands.

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